"I believe starting a new company is like a puzzle; to be successful you need the right pieces and to fit them together properly. I enjoy helping entrepreneurs put the puzzle together."
Flip earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University and received his M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has one international and two U.S. patents.
(IPO 1997, CIEN), (Acquired by Micron, 2015), (IPO 1999, CMTN), (IPO 1996, EDFY), (Acquired by Cisco in 1994), (Acquired by CIENA in 1999), (IPO 1998, NGEN), (IPO 1992, NCDI), (Acquired by Microsoft in 2003), (IPO 1997, POWI), (IPO 1999, RAMP), (Acquired by Micron in 1998), (Acquired by Vitesse in 2000), (Acquired by Silicon Labs in 2011), (Acquired by Cisco in 1992), (IPO 1990, XLNX)
Working with the entrepreneurial CEO is my favorite part of venture capital. A CEO can often feel isolated; I try to be someone who will take the time, listen, exchange ideas, and occasionally coax people through difficult decisions. It is difficult for a board member to contribute at the detailed operational level - management should manage the company. However, over the years, working with many companies, we can make management aware of the patterns they may not see; our experience with similar situations combined with management's experience with the specifics makes for a better decision.